Random music news for Wednesday, October 21, 2020

That is one fast car. Now let’s try to quickly get through music news for October 21, 2020.

  1. RIP British blues-rock legend Spencer Davis. He died of a heart attack at age 81.
  2. Eddie Van Halen was born in The Netherlands. This week, a bell tower in Utrecht rang out a tribute.
  3. Speaking of Eddie, hard rock is coming face-to-face with its mortality problem. This makes for a sobering read.
  4. And two of his Frankenstein-style Strats are going up for auction.
  5. Miley Cyrus is planning an album of Metallica covers. Wait–what?
  6. I want my Apple TV: Apple has launched a free 24-hour music channel via Apple TV and Apple Music. Only the US, though.
  7. Killing Joke-endorsed jerk chicken pie? Yep.
  8. Sigur Ros is having some severe tax problems with the Icelandic government..
  9. Nice: Alexisonfire has created a new bursary for indigenous students.
  10. Here’s more analysis of how Spotify wants to put music in podcasts.
  11. Meanwhile, Spotify has pulled down four QAnon themed podcasts. Good.
  12. Can you play a synth using just your brainwaves? Yes. Yes, you can. (Via Andrew)
  13. The Billboard Music Awards did not do well in the ratings. In fact, it was a disaster.
  14. Universal Music generated a quarter-billion dollars from streaming in just the last quarter.
  15. And in case you missed it, the UFC has its own streaming music service.

BONUS: The best pumpkin carving of 2020.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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